Gritty surprises South Philly couple with huge Christmas wreath to switch stolen ornament

Gritty could have saved Christmas for a South Philadelphia couple who had their vacation wreath snatched off their entrance door earlier this month. 

Dressed up as Santa Claus, Gritty shocked Dan Jackson and Tim Popp with an enormous, new Flyers-themed Christmas wreath on the couple’s residence final Wednesday. Jackson had created the unique wreath to resemble Gritty.

The brand new, 6-foot wreath is orange and black and options the mascot’s googly eyes and tongue.

Gritty initially had deliberate to current Jackson and Popp with the wreath on the Flyers-Capitals recreation final Tuesday, in response to ESPN. Nevertheless, the sport was canceled on account of COVID-19 points, and the couple as a substitute invited Gritty to go to their residence. 

When Jackson and Popp opened the door Wednesday, they have been greeted by Gritty carrying a Santa hat on high of his hockey helmet and donning Santa’s white beard over his orange fur.

After exchanging hugs and high-fives, the couple gave Gritty the selfmade decoration of the mascot that impressed their authentic wreath, in addition to a card and flowers. Gritty gave them an autographed image of himself.

When Gritty arrived, the couple anticipated he can be delivering tickets to a future Flyers recreation. As a substitute, the mascot pulled out the large wreath that left Jackson and Popp shocked.

The case of the lacking Gritty wreath started earlier this month when Jackson posted in a Fb group that somebody had stolen the ornament off of the couple’s entrance door. 

The unique wreath was orange with massive eyes and a Santa hat. It hung outdoors for a couple of week earlier than it was swiped. The couple then made a substitute wreath.

However the stolen ornament elicited a not-so-subtle risk from Gritty on Twitter.

“In case you don’t return the wreath, I’ll search for you, I’ll discover you and I’ll cake you,” the Flyers mascot wrote.

The unique wreath has not been discovered, however the brand new ornament now hangs from the outside of the couple’s residence. All because of Gritty himself spreading some Christmas cheer this vacation season.

“Our authentic wreath might be gone perpetually, however the fantastic and bizarre story of our little Gritty wreath will probably be one which lasts a lifetime,” Popp stated in a video posted to social media. “Glad holidays everybody. Might your days be Gritty and shiny!”

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